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Jul 27, 2012 7:51 PM

Commit to be Fit: Seated Ab Exercises and Seated Knee Raises

TUCSON - Today on News 4 Tucson at 4 p.m., our fitness contributor Anita Kellman stopped by with two effective and fun exercises that can be done practically anywhere. Here's what she had to say:

Seated Ab Exercises:

You don't have to get down and dirty on the floor when you perform ab exercises. Seated abdominal exercises not only tone and firm your lower abs, and they can be done anywhere there is a chair...even the library!

This is a very basic exercise that almost everyone can do. It is a great way to start strengthening your core muscles.

An important benefit of strong core muscles, is it works the lower back. A strong and healthy lower back, requires a strong and healthy group of core muscles.

Core training also improves balance and coordination. These are important as we age, to help prevent injury.

Seated core exercises are good for the elderly, or those who are beginners in exercise. What a great way to start a healthy exercise routine. Remember, as these exercises get easier, you are getting stronger. Find ways to keep challenging yourself in these routines.

So, who would have ever thought that "sitting" in a chair could have so many benefits?!!

Seated Knee Raises

Sit upright on the front of your chair and hold the sides of the chair. Keeping your abdominal muscles tight and your back straight, lean slightly back. Start with both feet flat on the ground, knees and feet together. Lift both feet off of the ground.. Hold for one second and then slowly lower your feet back to the ground. This exercise also engages the quads too!

For more of a challenge, cross your hands in front of you and don't use the arms of the chair!

It is a great way to sneak in some exercise while you are waiting, or just taking a break.

Motivational Quote:

"Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending."

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